ICC T20 Rankings: Virat 4th; Raina and Yuvraj also in top 10
India’s new cricket sensation, Virat Kohli, is No 1 in ICC One-day rankings but the stylist batsman is the highest-placed Indian at No 4 in the T20 international list.
Kohli is followed by Suresh Raina (5th) and Yuvraj Singh (6th) in the batsmen's list.
However, no Indian bowler features in the list of top 20 performers.
Image: Virat Kohli
Sri Lanka is top ranked team
Meanwhile, Asia Cup winners’ Sri Lanka will start as the No 1 ranked side followed by India.
Sri Lanka, runner-up in 2009 and 2012, is atop the table with 129 ratings points, leading No 2 ranked and 2007 champion India by six ratings points. In fact, eight ratings points separate the top three sides with 2009 winner Pakistan in third position with 121 ratings points.
Sri Lanka will launch their campaign on March 22 against South Africa in the Super 10 stage of the tournament while India take on arch-rivals Pakistan on March 21.
Defending champion West Indies will start off in sixth place with 110 ratings points. They will launch the title defence against India on March 23.
Image: The Sri Lankan team celebrates
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Aaron Finch claims top spot
The tournament also offers an excellent opportunity to Associate teams to move up the ladder.
The competition carries a total prize money of $ 3 million, with the winning side taking home $ 1.1 million and the runner-up collecting $ 550,000.
Australia batsman Aaron Finch has moved up two places to claim the No 1 position for T20I batsmen released after his side won the second T20Is of the three-match series to go 2-0 up against South Africa.
Finch, who entered the series in third position with 772 ratings points, has gained 25 ratings points after scoring 44 runs in the two matches of the series to go top of the batting table for the first time in his career.
Finch has leapfrogged New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (now second) and England's Alex Hales in third. Hales himself scored 81 runs in three-match series against West Indies.
In T20I bowlers, West Indies spinner Samuel Badree has jumped 13 places to a career-best second.
Badree claimed four wickets in the three-match series against England at an average of 8.25. This effort has helped Badree gain 116 ratings points to help him finish on a best-ever 746 ratings points.
This means the defending champion start with two bowlers who occupy the top spots with off-spinner Sunil Narine holding the coveted number-one position. Narine leads Badree by just one point.
Image: Aaron Finch of Australia celebrates
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